First speaker for the 2020 season on Feb 27th – Harry Medved: “CINEMA CONEJO: The Critical Role of Location Filming of Movies & TV in Our Community”

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Join us for the kick-off to the COSF Speaker Series for 2020!

Filming the television series Gunsmoke in Wildwood.

In the early 20th century, the Conejo Valley and adjacent locations were quiet, unspoiled lands devoted to ranching and farming. Why did movie studios choose to come to this locale, distant from Hollywood and Los Angeles? Why did filming for television and movies flourish here and continue up to this day? Where did classic flicks like Bonnie & Clyde, Little Big Man, Wuthering Heights, Spartacus, Memoirs of a Geisha film? Where can you follow in the footsteps of stars like John Wayne, Adam Sandler, Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson and the legendary Rudy Ray Moore? Harry Medved, coauthor of six books on film history and a veteran film industry public relations executive, will answer these questions and more with photos, film clips and many vignettes. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening presentation!

To ensure your place in the audience, you must fill out our online sign-up form for this event!

All speaker events are held at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 6:00 pm for check-in and the talk begins at 6:30. Come early to enjoy refreshments and to talk to our local community partners! For more information about the venue location and time, visit our Speaker Series page.

Harry Medved has served as a film authority at Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies, since 2004. He currently serves as Senior Director of Public Relations for the So Cal-based company, and is the voice of the regular “Fandango Friday” segments heard on radio stations across the country, including New York’s LITE FM and Boston’s WROR FM. He is also the co-author of six books on film history including “The Fifty Worst Films of All Time,” “The Golden Turkey Awards,” “Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoers’ Guide to Southern California’s Great Outdoors,” and “Location Filming in Los Angeles.” Locally, Medved serves on the Oak Park Parks & Recreation Planning Advisory Committee of RSRPD (Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District), and co-wrote the History Press volume on his neighborhood, “Images of America: Oak Park.”

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